Posted 13 May 2009 - 10:58 AM
A manufacturer , like Dell, is given a "Golden" disk & a bunch of COA's that go with it.
Manufacturers don't install on units 1 at a time.
They install on a bunch of hard drives at the same time for a particular model.
That means they all have the same key.
The manufacturer makes there own reinstallation disks by copying the golden disk & adding their own drivers/programs.
That means the key in the WINNT.sif file is going to be the key off of the golden disk not the key off of the COA,which is associated with the golden disk key.
The manufacturer also supplies MS with what disk was used on what model.
Each COA has a seperate "unique" key which is associated with the "master" key.
That means that either the master key, or the COA key should work.
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